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: Do Je-hae
Tue, July 16, 2019 | 03:02
Civil service craze
In the past, government jobs were shunned because of low pay compared to the private sector. Now the civil service is the most coveted career path among young Koreans because it offers better job security and benefits.
| 2016-07-05 17:06
Public indignation is growing over the special committee tasked with investigating the 2014 Sewol ferry sinking for its incompetence and waste. The Special Investigation Commission on the April 16 Sewol Ferry Disaster was set up as an independent government organization for an 18-month probe pursuant to the Sewol Special Act that took effect on Jan. 1, 2015. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced that June 30 was the final day of the committee's investigation. Most of the government officials who had been seconded to the committee have returned to their home ministries. The remaining...
| 2016-07-01 16:52
Honoring Kim Il-sung's kin
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs has acted completely against public sentiment by conferring posthumous honors on relatives of North Korean founder Kim Il-sung. During a recent National Assembly session, Minister Park Sung-choon said that there was nothing wrong with his ministry's decision in 2012 to award posthumous decorations to Kim's uncle, Kang Jin-sok (1890-1942), an independence fighter against Japanese colonial rule and brother of Kim's mother Kang Pan-sok. In 2011, the ministry also conferred a posthumous award on Kim's paternal uncle, Kim Hyung-kwon (1905-1936), who w...
| 2016-07-01 16:50
Seoul's youth allowance
Mayor Park should suspend populist cash program Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon should rethink his plan to supply cash to people in their 20s struggling without jobs.The Seoul Metropolitan Government is pushing ahead with the impromptu program despite opposition from the central government. The city government will start to take in applications from people in their 20s starting next week to provide monthly subsidies of 500,000 won to some 3,000 people for up to six months. Through the program, the city aims to provide a bit of financial assistance and encouragement to young adults...
| 2016-06-30 17:07
Corporate culture innovation
Samsung Electronics is taking steps toward innovating its corporate culture to raise its global competitiveness. The tech company announced reform measures to be implemented starting March 2017. The aim is to replace its rigid top-down culture with one that is more flexible, creative and performance-oriented. The ambitious reforms include simplifying its seven-tier staff system, largely based on seniority and age, into four. The company will also institute other measures for creating a more efficient work environment.
| 2016-06-28 16:54
The U.K. people have spoken on quitting the 28-member European Union after 43 years. The Leave campaign’s victory in last week's referendum has shocked the world and upset international financial markets.
| 2016-06-26 17:20
Korea faces growing risk of capital outflow
Transforming public service
President Park Geun-hye's nomination of a career public servant to replace the former Samsung executive Lee Geun-myeon to head the Ministry of Personnel Management is disappointing.
| 2016-06-26 17:19
Respect airport decision
The battle between Busan and Miryang over a new airport in the southeastern Yeongnam region ended without a winner. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport picked neither Gadeok Island in Busan or Miryang, whose airport campaign had been backed by the two nearby industrial hubs of Ulsan and Daegu. Instead, the ministry will expand Gimhae International Airport, located in a western suburb of Busan. The ministry announced the decision Tuesday after the release of a feasibility study by French airport engineering company ADPi, a unit of Paris Airport Group.
| 2016-06-22 17:08
Gimhae airport plan faces turbulence
Dysfunctional daycare policy
The Park Geun-hye administration's sincerity to help women raise their children is being seriously questioned with the latest controversy over a readjustment to a free daycare program for infants. From next month, the Ministry of Health and Welfare will start restricting the time allowed for non-working mothers with infants under 48 months to use daycare centers free of charge. Women now, regardless of whether they work or not, can use daycare centers for 12 hours, called the “all-day” service. The new restriction will reduce this to six hours for non-working moms, to create what is called a...
| 2016-06-21 16:52
Theme park war
Asia has emerged as a center of theme park development, with Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and China rushing to build large-scale theme parks. But Korea remains behind in this area, as it has been left out of the Asian expansion of global brands like Disneyland.
| 2016-06-17 16:41
Shinhan Card develops blockchain-based payment system
Moon to Abe: 'Korea will overcome export restrictions with united power'
Moon warns Japan of bigger damage
BOK under growing pressure to cut key rates
Sharks prowling Korean beaches?
Abe jeopardizes S. Korea-US-Japan security cooperation
English-language driver's license to be issued in September
'We don't sell Japanese goods' [PHOTOS]
Japanese man booked for filming FINA athletes secretly
Samsung to roll out Note 10 here on August 23
Celebrating Korea-Czech relations
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